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Preston, MN


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The city of Preston became situated on the south branch of the Root River in 1853. The location of the town was most desirable as the river afforded opportunities for a dam, land for houses and access to abundant supplies of timber, water power, stone work and railway service.


Preston derives its name from Luther Preston, the town's first postmaster, a friend and employee of John Kaercher, in 1856. Mr. Kaercher is cited as one of the founding fathers of the city as a result of a failed business deal in Carimona which led Mr. Kaercher to locate his two mills in the area that now comprises Preston. The city was incorporated in 1871 and the original plat contained 11 blocks with one reserved for a Court House square. The direction of city streets conforms to the cardinal points of the compass.

Preston is located in the "Driftless Area" of southeastern Minnesota, a mecca of karst geology, hardwood forest lands, wild turkey, whitetailed deer, trout fishing, agriculture, apple orchards and numerous "sink holes", springs, brooks and streams. Visitors to our city and area enjoy year-round fishing, snowmobiling, canoeing, tubing, tennis, bowling, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and golfing. With convenient access to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park west of town, the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center northeast of town, the Preston Trailhead of the Root River State Trail (for biking, hiking, and cross country skiing) and nearby Amish who frequent our community, Preston offers a peaceful, small town atmosphere close to many interesting and invigorating activities of southeast Minnesota's Historic Bluff Country!


Trout Days, Preston's annual celebration, is held the third weekend in May.

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Lanesboro City Council

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Council begins new yearBy John TorgrimsonMonday, January 15, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council held its first meeting of the year 2001 on Monday, January 8. Two newly elected city council members, John Dollar and Margaret (Peggy) Hanson, took th ..... 
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Karst Country

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A landscape that needs special careBy Nancy OvercottMonday, January 15, 2001

We live in a beautiful part of the world, but under our feet is rock that is dissolving and full of holes. Our drinking water lies in spaces ..... 
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Same time, smae place

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Monday, January 15, 2001

The Fillmore County Board met in regular session last Tuesday, completing the annual meeting tasks carried over from the previous meeting. At the top of a short agenda was the scheduling of the 2001 board meetings.
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Bicknese looks at 2001

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Monday, January 15, 2001

Second District Fillmore County Commissioner Helen Bicknese is the new chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2001. Commissioner Bicknese sat down with Journal Editor John Torgrimson to discuss some of the ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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